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Useful Tropical Plants

Aristolochia rugosa

Lam.

Aristolochiaceae

+ Synonyms

Aristolochia barbata Jacq.

Aristolochia dictyantha Duch.

Aristolochia eurystoma Duch.

Aristolochia obtusata Sw.

Aristolochia rumicifolia R.H.Schomb. ex Duch.

Howardia barbata (Jacq.) Klotzsch

Howardia obtusata (Sw.) Klotzsch

Howardia schomburgkii Klotzsch

Common Name:

Aristolochia rugosa
Illustration of the plant
Photograph by: Curtis's botanical magazine s.3 v.26 (1870)
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General Information

Aristolochia rugosa is a climbing plant.
It is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Venezuela and the Guyanas to the Caribbean.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The flowers of many species in this genus form an intricate trap for pollinating insects. The insects are tempted to an area of the flower where they are unable to grip and they slide down into the utricle - downward pointing hairs prevent them climbing out[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The trap helps to ensure the fertilization of the flowers and the insects are eventually released[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The rhizome is used to treat snakebites[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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